Jan
31
2014

FAIR TV: Bipartisan Food Stamp Cuts, the 'Real' Romney and the Terror Trial Media Skipped

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Food stamp cuts are an encouraging sign of bipartisanship, according to some media accounts. And journalists are fascinated by the "real" Mitt Romney. Plus a domestic terror trial that's not getting much press attention–perhaps because the terror suspects aren't Muslims.

Jan
30
2014

NYT Most Interested in Kids US Killed if US Might Not Have Killed Them

Funeral of Afghan children killed in US airstrike

New York Times journalists do not like being lied to. Unless it's their own government doing the lying; then they tend to be more forgiving.

Jan
30
2014

Kurt Cobain on FAIR: 'Tries to Expose the Truths'

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Kurt Cobain called FAIR "an underground leftist organization that tries to expose the truths," saying we had "been working for years to expose a lot of injustices." Cobain said this in August 1993, when he, with Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, were interviewed by a German music journalist (8/10/93). We just found out about the interview this week, when a friend pointed out to us a video of the interview that was posted on YouTube (12/11/13) last month. That link should take you to the middle of the video, where Cobain and Novoselic discuss FAIR as an example […]

Jan
29
2014

The State of AP's Factchecking Is Sad–as Usual

AP's Calvin Woodward

Why does AP still let Calvin Woodward "factcheck" political speeches? Does no one at the news service know what actual factchecking looks like? (If you're coming in late, see FAIR Blog, 10/30/08, 2/25/09, 4/30/09, 1/28/10, 8/31/12.) Woodward's latest venture (1/29/14) into the factcheck genre, following President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech,¬† produced¬† yet more illustrations of what not to do when gauging the accuracy of political speech. Take this item: OBAMA: "We'll need Congress to protect more than 3 million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills this summer. But I will act on my own to slash […]

Jan
29
2014

Pete Seeger: 'It's Hard for Me to Talk About the Media Without Getting Angry'

Pete Seeger singing at the Lincoln Memorial (cc photo: Scarlatti2004)

"If the United States or the world goes down in disaster, I would blame the media first of all, because the people running it are intelligent people."

Jan
28
2014

The Real Mitt Romney Should Have Run for President!

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The documentary Mitt is causing many journalists to wonder why the Mitt Romney in the film wasn't the one who ran for president. It's a bit like asking why drinking a particular brand of beer doesn't make you as popular with attractive strangers as the beer ads promised.

Jan
28
2014

AP Distorts Poll to Support Obama's Inequality Dodge

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It's hard to remember a better time for politicians to talk about the issue of income inequality. But according to the Associated Press (1/24/14), Barack Obama's State of the Union address will attempt to shift away that issue–too divisive, apparently–and opt instead for some discussion of economic opportunity. As Jim Kuhnhenn writes: The adjustment reflects an awareness that Obama's earlier language put him at risk of being perceived as divisive and exposed him to criticism that his rhetoric was exploiting the gap between haves and have-nots. He also noted:¬† Obama's December speech was well received by Democrats and liberals, but […]

Jan
27
2014

Richard Sherman's Winning Rant

Richard Sherman

An interesting thing happened the last few days: A football player was attacked by the same, predictable racism that athletes usually have to endure when they speak out…and he won. Well, he won the game. His team, the Seattle Seahawks, are going to the Super Bowl and (despite a $7,875 fine from the National Football League) an epic post-game rant might net him millions in endorsements. Richard Sherman's words sent football fans running to social media to voice their approval and disapproval. The disapproval, not surprisingly, was soaked in racism. Deadspin (1/19/14), a sports-oriented blog, chronicled some of the Net's […]

Jan
25
2014

Domestic Terror Story Gets Media Cold Shoulder–Guess Why

Glendon Scott Crawford in the Albany Times-Union

It's hard not to think back on previous undercovered terrorism stories and conclude that if suspects in this story were Muslims, and their alleged targets Christians or Jews, it would have dominated our media world for the past several months.

Jan
24
2014

FAIR TV: Snowden on Sunday TV, New Pundits, USA Today on Fracking's Riches

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Everyone seems to agree that Edward Snowden started an important debate over NSA surveillance. But on the Sunday chat shows, debate isn't what you're likely to see. And CNN and CBS add new contributors–but are they opening up or closing the discussion? Plus: USA Today cheers on the fracking boom in Texas.

Jan
24
2014

Beck: Media Shocked to Find He Isn't 'Anti-Gay, Racist Nutjob'

Glenn Beck (cc photo: Gage Skidmore

"I played a role…in helping tear the country apart," Glenn Beck says. Indeed–not just from his time at Fox, but from years of talk radio broadcasts, and a stint at CNN's Headline News–not to mention his work at his current outlet, The Blaze.

Jan
24
2014

Snowden Is a Janitor Working for the Russians

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If lawmakers are making unfounded allegations about a whistleblower, and those allegations are being repeated across the media, one might think the real problem is with a media culture.

Jan
23
2014

O'Reilly Brings You Stories Big Media Won't Touch!

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Bill O'Reilly wanted to make clear that the Factor brings viewers some perspectives missing from the bland, liberal newscasts. Let's look at the episode where he made this claim to see what he might be talking about.